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The 17th-Century Paper Social Network – Robinson Meyer – The Atlantic

It’s like 17th-century Twitter, said Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, which bought the scrap earlier this year. To scholars and the British public, both Wood and Aubrey are well-known. Both were antiquaries, a kind of Enlightenment-era historian-biographer who preferred working with physical, material things. “We …

A Message From Beyond – NYTimes.com

When a dear friend’s teenage daughter was killed in a car accident, she understandably could not bring herself to erase her daughter’s message from the family phone. That was seven years ago. My friend still hasn’t changed the message, and I find it very discomforting to hear the deceased girl’s …

A look at the lives of Colorado shooting victims

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran who served three tours of duty in the Middle East. A 6-year-old girl excited about her swimming classes. A Target employee who shielded his girlfriend and her brother with his own body. They and nine others were killed in the shooting rampage …

Click Here for an Offbeat Experience – NYTimes.com

A NEW generation of travel-sharing Web sites matches travelers with knowledgeable locals for offbeat, authentic and mostly very economical experiences — across the globe or across town. Witness, for example, Kieren Wuest, a business analyst from Sydney, Australia, who was in San Francisco not long ago for work. On his …